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The university in ruins

Author: Bill Readings
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is no longer clear what role the University plays in society. The structure of the contemporary University is changing rapidly, and we have yet to understand what precisely these changes will mean. Is a new age dawning for the University, the renaissance of higher education under way? Or is the University in the twilight of its social function, the demise of higher education fast approaching?
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Readings, Bill, 1960-
University in ruins.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)603876055
Online version:
Readings, Bill, 1960-
University in ruins.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)608882525
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Readings
ISBN: 0674929527 9780674929524 0674929535 9780674929531
OCLC Number: 33405286
Description: x, 238 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Diane Elam --
1. Introduction --
2. The Idea of Excellence --
3. The Decline of the Nation-State --
4. The University within the Limits of Reason --
5. The University and the Idea of Culture --
6. Literary Culture --
7. Culture Wars and Cultural Studies --
8. The Posthistorical University --
9. The Time of Study: 1968 --
10. The Scene of Teaching --
11. Dwelling in the Ruins --
12. The Community of Dissensus.
Responsibility: Bill Readings.

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